Top 10 Manuka honey benefits
All honey is known to have antibacterial properties, but Manuka honey, from New Zealand, is widely accepted to have far greater health benefits than normal, everyday honey.
Manuka honey bees collect their nectar from the Manuka plant on New Zealand’s North Island. The Manuka plant itself has been used for centuries by the indigenous Maori people as a natural medicinal drink for reducing fever; oil from the plant is used as a natural antiseptic, Manuka honey is a great remedy for wounds and all this goodness is distilled by the bees into the honey that you can now find in many health shops.
Manuka honey is not cheap, but it brings a huge number of different health benefits and here are our top ten reasons why you should have Manuka honey in your kitchen:
1. Improved digestion
Stir just a small amount of honey in a mug of hot water to ease bloating and discomfort from indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
2. Skin treatment
Applied directly to the skin, Manuka honey can soothe sunburn, reduce scarring and is an excellent treatment for insect bites and eczema. The honey’s natural anti-inflammatory qualities also make an effective treatment for sunburn.
3. Immune system booster
A teaspoon a day of Manuka honey can be a great aide to your immune system. It will boost your energy levels and its high level of bacteria fighting qualities will help to ward off coughs and colds.
4. Energy booster
Manuka honey benefits include energy boosting. The honey is high in fructose and glucose and will give you an instant, short term energy boost. Swirl into a hot drink in the morning and you’ll feel the difference.
5. One of the greatest home remedies for sore throat
One of the great Manuka honey benefits is that it’s a great remedy for sore throat. Honey has long been known to be an amazing sore throat soother, but this super honey is even better. Let a teaspoon of it run slowly down your throat and it will soothe that pain away.
6. Gum disease treatment
Studies have shown that Manuka honey actively fights bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. It seems a bit strange to suggest rubbing something sweet on your gums after brushing, but researchers found that it reduced the bacteria levels.
When used in its natural, raw form, Manuka Honey’s anti-fungal properties make it a great treatment for ailments, such as fungal infections and athlete’s foot.
8. Acid reflux treatment
Manuka honey has been proven as a treatment for acid reflux. It coats the intestinal tract and oesophagus and prevents damage from stomach acid.
9. Stomach ulcer treatment
Manuka honey has been found to promote the growth of good bacteria in the stomach and prevent the growth of the bacteria that is known to cause stomach ulcers.
10. Wound healer
Some hospitals all around the world have started to use Manuka honey to treat wounds and prevent infection. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are being used by soaking bandages in Manuka honey before they are applied.
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